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Report: NASCAR has no plans to race at Circuit of the Americas

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While NASCAR is still mulling possibly adding another road course race to the Cup Series schedule, one potential track isn’t likely on the list.

According to a report in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas – which has coveted a NASCAR race – will continue to watch from the sidelines.

“We’ve not had any discussions with the track there and candidly don’t plan to,” NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer Steve O’Donnell said of COTA earlier this week at Texas Motor Speedway’s unveiling of its new $5 million racetrack surface.

NASCAR has raced at TMS since 1997.

On Feb. 28, COTA Chairman Bobby Epstein told the Austin American-Statesman newspaper that he reportedly “had contact with NASCAR officials, and we’ve heard from their fans and drivers. Everyone seems to want to be here, so I see no reason why it couldn’t come together.”

O’Donnell’s comments at TMS would seem to nip COTA’s hopes for a NASCAR race.

“We’re happy here,” O’Donnell told the Star-Telegram of TMS. “We’ve got a long-term agreement here at Texas. They’ve been great partners for us.

“From our perspective, we’re really happy in this marketplace. Any promoter can say I’ve talked to NASCAR, but it’s different if we reach out to them. Again, we’re really happy to be here.”

O’Donnell also said that if NASCAR is to add more road course races, it would likely look inside current existing tracks, like the road course within Charlotte Motor Speedway. The current schedule has road course races at Sonoma Raceway and Watkins Glen International.

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Justin Allgaier wins pole for Charlotte Xfinity race

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CONCORD, N.C. — Justin Allgaier won the pole for the Xfinity Series’ Hisense 4K TV 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

With a speed of 182.488 mph, Allgaier earned his fifth Xfinity pole and his first since the March 2013 race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Allgaier is joined on the front row by Austin Dillon (181.519).

The top five is completed by Ryan Blaney (181.378), Daniel Hemric (181.324) and Kevin Harvick (181.245).

Christopher Bell will start seventh in his first Xfinity race.

Brad Keselowski and Dakoda Armstrong will start from the rear after not passing inspection in time to qualify.

Click here for full qualifying results.

Ryan Blaney leads second Coke 600 practice

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CONCORD, N.C. — Ryan Blaney posted the top speed in the second practice session for the Coca-Cola 600.

Blaney’s No. 21 Ford produced a speed of 188.055 mph Saturday morning around Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The top five was filled out by Erik Jones (187.598 mph), Martin Truex Jr. (187.084), Daniel Suarez (186.838) and Trevor Bayne (186.239).

Pole-sitter Kevin Harvick was ninth fastest at 185.567 mph. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was 14th quickest at 185.141 mph.

Kyle Bush recorded the most laps in the session with 48.

Click here for the full practice report.

Eight teams lose 15 minutes of Coke 600 practice for failing pre-qualifying inspection

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CONCORD, N.C. — Eight Cup teams will be held 15 minutes during Coca-Cola 600 practice today for failing pre-qualifying inspection on Thursday

Drivers include Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Paul Menard, David Ragan, Kurt Busch, Kyle Larson, Corey LaJoie and Chris Buescher.

Buescher’s team also loses pit selection for Sunday’s race due to failing pre-qualifying inspection three ties.

Larson and LaJoie’s loss of practice time comes on top of them not making qualifying runs on Thursday after neither of their cars passed inspection in time.

 

NASCAR America: How much risk should drivers take in the Coca-Cola 600?

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As in many things in life, whether something is worth doing comes down to risk vs. reward.

Such will be the case in Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. How much are drivers willing to risk? Will that risk be worth reward, particularly with the additional stage to the race?

On Friday’s NASCAR America, Parker Kligerman jumped into the iRacing simulator and showed the greatest strategies to employ in Sunday’s race, especially with the traction compound up top.

Check out the above video.